Does the Road Accident Fund cover funeral expenses?

Does the Road Accident Fund cover funeral expenses?

BY MEISE NKAISENG ATTORNEYS – VANDERBIJLPARK AND THREE RIVERS, GAUTENG | January 25, 2022

Blog By

Ankie Snyman
Associate Attorney
Specialist in Road Accident Fund Claims

Yes. RAF funeral claims can be made for a driver, a passenger or a pedestrian killed in a road accident, provided the person isn’t considered solely responsible for the accident.

You can claim the following funeral-related expenses from the RAF:
• transportation of the body;
• coffin or burial shroud;
• storage, preparation and embalming of the body;
• issuing of the death certificate;
• burial or cremation costs.

However, you can’t claim the following funeral-related expenses such:
• the costs of flower arrangements;
• printed funeral programs;
• transport for family and attendees;
• a headstone;
• catering and venue hire.

For a successful RAF funeral claim you will need to submit the following documentation:
• a copy of the deceased’s ID document, birth certificate or passport;
• a copy of the claimant’s ID document;
• affidavit attesting to the claimant’s relationship to the deceased and how the deceased died;
• medical records if the deceased died in a hospital;
• the death certificate;
• post mortem report;
• a copy of the accident report reflecting the victim’s name;
• vouchers/proof of expenses in respect of the funeral expenses paid by the claimant.

The above is intended for information purposes only and is not intended, and should not be regarded, as legal advice. Should you require legal advice, kindly contact our offices and schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.

Meise Nkaiseng Attorneys assists and represents a broad spectrum of claimants with their claims against the Road Accident Fund throughout South Africa, and were awarded the PMR Africa Diamond Arrow Award for “best law firm” (Business Sector) in the Sedibeng Region for three years in a row (2018, 2019 and 2020).

What information should I gather at the scene of the accident to assist my claim against the Road Accident Fund?

What information should I gather at the scene of the accident to assist my claim against the Road Accident Fund?

BY MEISE NKAISENG ATTORNEYS – VANDERBIJLPARK AND THREE RIVERS, GAUTENG | January 18, 2022

Blog By

Ankie Snyman
Associate Attorney
Specialist in Road Accident Fund Claims

A claimant will be required to prove that the accident occurred and that he/she suffered damages due to the accident.

A claimant should therefore take the following steps at the scene of the accident:

• record the location (street name and area) where the accident happened;
• take photographs showing the damage to all vehicles involved in the accident;
• take photographs showing the position of all vehicles involved in the accident;
• record details of the other driver and vehicle involved in the accident, i.e. name, surname, contact number, description and registration number of the vehicle;
• record contact details of any witnesses to the accident;
• if police attend the scene of the accident, record their contact details and the Accident Report number.

The above is intended for information purposes only and is not intended, and should not be regarded, as legal advice. Should you require legal advice, kindly contact our offices and schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.

Meise Nkaiseng Attorneys assists and represents a broad spectrum of claimants with their claims against the Road Accident Fund throughout South Africa, and were awarded the PMR Africa Diamond Arrow Award for “best law firm” (Business Sector) in the Sedibeng Region for three years in a row (2018, 2019 and 2020).